Graceful wings in an amber morning sky

1-IMG_2987

Having been shot using a 135mm telephoto lens at maximum zoom setting, these two photos are quite grainy. It didn’t help that I didn’t have my tripod with me so the “shake” of my hands added to the fussiness of the image.

2-IMG_2991But my camera managed to capture the beautifully hued morning sky in the coastal town of San Juan, Batangas. What an awesome explosion of orange, red and purple! God is indeed the Greatest Artist and nature is His canvas.

Youth, the hope of the future

 

This photo of a young mangrove tree was taken in Balaisdaan in San Juan, Batangas.

Several of these mangrove “seedlings” are being grown here for replanting in the swampy coastal communities in San Juan and neighboring towns in Batangas.

This and similar initiatives in many other coastal places in the country  will hopefully reclaim the thousands of hectares of mangrove forests that have already been lost nationwide due to man’s habitation if coastal areas.

Mangrove forests are a natural habitat for several endangered marine animals. They are also a rich source of food for other animals endemic in coastal areas as well as a source for food and wood for people in these areas.

Graceful wings in an amber morning sky

Having been shot using a 135mm telephoto lens at maximum zoom setting, these two photos are quite grainy. It didn’t help that I didn’t have my tripod with me so the “shake” of my hands added to the fussiness of the image.

But my camera managed to capture the beautifully hued morning sky in the coastal town of San Juan, Batangas. What an awesome explosion of orange, red and purple. God is indeed the Greatest Artist and nature is His canvas.

Camera: Canon EOS 550D

A Scenic Villa

LAST SUMMER we went to see the open-air dioramas and cultural presentations showcasing Philippine culture, as well as the unique lunch-on-river experience, in Villa Escudero. I instinctively knew that the place must be a scenic delight as well and am sure glad that I wasn’t disappointed.

I wouldn’t mind going back to Villa Escudero to bring family and friends. They can go and enjoy Villa Escudero’s primary attractions while I soak myself in the serene beauty of the place.

Mt. Arayat’s Natural Allure

From a distance Mt. Arayat looks plain and even possibly barren.  But as you come closer to it you will realize that it is a heavily forested mountain.  And every forested mountain offers many natural wonders waiting to be discovered.

During our day hike of Mt. Arayat on December 4, 2010, armed with our point-and-shoot digital cameras, two of my hiking compatriots took photos of the mountain, the interesting flora and fauna we found in the mountain, and the surrounding landscape viewed from the mountain. Read more

iPhone Photography and a last look at Mt. Malipunyo

MT. MALIPUNYO must now be the most exploited topic in my blog to date. I have a total of 11 blog posts related to it!!! †Fact is, some of my friends have already complained to me about it. †Sorry, folks. †This is really the last one.

†

I promised (myself) that I will have one more and last blog post for my “Hidden Beauties Up There” series. †So here it is.

picture-21

†

These photos were taken using the built-in camera of my iPhone 3G. Read more

Hidden Beauties of Mt. Malipunyo: CO-EXISTENSE

†

picture-122

†

†

SYMBIOSIS is a truly beautiful concept I learned from my science text books many years ago. †It refers to the “physical interaction of two dissimilar organisms wherein both tend to benefit from it.” †Surely, humankind should learn from nature. †If only we can learn to be interdependent with each other there should be less conflict and more harmony. Read more

Hidden Beauties of Mt. Malipunyo: TINY BEAUTIFUL

THIS IS MY†fourth†posting for my†ëHidden Beauties Up Thereí†series.

†

picture-121

†

In the vastness of mountains and forests it is easy to overlook tiny yet immensely beautiful creations that are just there along foot trails. †You really need to stop and take a closer look… literally.

†

picture-131

†

These photos were taken using an†Olympus†Mju 1030SW†10.1 megapixel weatherproof†digicam set on “Macro” mode.

Hidden Beauties of Mt. Malipunyo: INVASION

THIS IS MY†third posting for my†ëHidden Beauties Up Thereí†series.

invasion_03

†

I find both pain and beauty on these photos. †They remind us that the fate of nature rests on a delicate balance. †Natural invading forces such as pests, parasites, and animals in the wild are essential to the balance of life in our forests and mountains. †But there are much more destructive forces that nature has no defense against, such as humankind’s selfishness and greed.

†

invasion_02

†

invasion_011

†

These photos were taken using an†Olympus†Mju 1030SW†10.1 megapixel weatherproof†digicam.